Eric S. Slater, Esq.

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New York Law School, Master of Journalism, Louisiana State University, B.S. Mass Communications, Virginia Commonwealth University; Adjunct Professor, M.P.S. in Publishing, George Washington University.
1155 Sixteenth Street, NW
Washington, District Of Columbia 20036
[email protected]

Areas of Expertise

  • Copyright Law
  • Trademark Law
  • Legal Research
  • Radio Broadcasting

Eric S. Slater, ESQ. is senior manager of Copyright, Permissions, & Licensing at the American Chemical Society (ACS) in Washington, DC. Eric received his J.D. from New York Law School, and holds a Master of Journalism from Louisiana State University and a Bachelor of Science in Mass Communications from Virginia Commonwealth University.  While at New York Law School, Eric was Editor-in-Chief of Media Law & Policy and published an article on Internet broadcasting.

Prior to joining the American Chemical Society, in 2000, Eric worked in radio for approximately 20 years. He held a variety of positions, including general manager of a Public/NPR station, as well as program director, on-air personality and sportscaster at stations in New Jersey, Louisiana and Virginia. He has taught college courses in mass communications and copyright law, and is currently a faculty member in the Master of Professional Studies in Publishing program at George Washington University.

Eric was the 2010 recipient of the Teaching Excellence Award at George Washington University. He is a frequent speaker on copyright topics, and is a featured presenter in ACS’s “Publishing Your Research 101” series. 


  • J.D., New York Law School
  • Master of Journalism, Louisiana State University
  • B.S. in Mass Communications, Virginia Commonwealth University


  • “Copyright Basics” (book chapter), Karen S. Buehler, C. Arleen Courtney, and Eric S. Slater, The ACS Style Guide. June 1, 2006 , 77-86, DOI:10.1021/bk-2006-STYG.ch007
  • “Misconceptions about Copyright and Permissions” (book chapter), C. Arleen Courtney and Eric S. Slater, Credit Where Credit Is Due: Respecting Authorship and Intellectual Property. January 1, 2018 , 69-82, DOI:10.1021/bk-2018-1291.ch007

Eric has written numerous articles about copyright law.


  • Teaching Excellence Award, College of Professional Studies, George Washington University, 2010
  • Distinguished Professor Award, Centenary College, 1997

Classes Taught

  • Copyright Law in Print and Cyberspace
  • Editorial Content, Rights, and Permissions (previously)